Imagine a group show where the list of participants includes almost all the biggest names from the spheres of Indian contemporary and modern art. The ongoing show at Delhi’s Art Alive gallery, titled Art NOW 17’, is an attempt to do something similar. Sakti Burman, Anjolie Ela Menon, Satish Gujral, Jatin Das, Krishen Khanna, and Thota Vaikuntam among others are some of the luminaries who have sent their latest paintings and sculptures for the exhibition.
In total, 34 artists are part of this show, which first opened, on 25 November, at the Lalit Kala Akademi, and after a week, was shifted to Art Alive gallery. The previous edition of the show was hosted at Mumbai’s famed Jehangir Art Gallery in 2016.
Sunaina Anand, founder of Art Alive gallery, is the curated the present show. She told Guardian 20: “The idea here is to look at the works of the artists on a yearly basis. How they are moving with their art practices. We have added nine more artists to the list of 25 as in the previous show.”
The Indian modernist Krishen Khanna has sent his recent painting, Minstrels in a Wood for the Delhi show. In it, he plays with his usual trope of band wallahs. The figures are a mix of two because they are not natural, they don’t exist in surroundings around us, in our everyday life.” All
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